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    VB Team Loses To Two Good Nebraska Teams

    As they usually do, Chase County and Dundy County - Stratton field strong teams again this year. The Lady Indians lost to both teams in Imperial on Thursday, September 21. The evening opened with a 14-25, 19-25 loss to the Chase County (Imperial, NE) Lady Longhorns. In the second match of the evening, the Lady Indians were defeated by Dundy County - Stratton 16-25, 18-25. The junior varsity team played only one match during the evening defeating Chase County 25-7, 25-16.

    Chase County fielded a fairly young team, but the excellent fundamental skills and effort shown by the Longhorns was too much for the Lady Indians to overcome. Chase County earned four runs in set one and limited the Lady Indians to only one three-point run. Chase County (CC) jumped out to a 0-4 lead earning stuff-blocks by Ragan Nickless (Sr.) and Allison Owings (Jr.) and a kill by Nickless. Jessica Confer stopped the run with a deep-tip. The Lady Longhorns then reeled off five straight points to take a 1-9 advantage. Only one of the points resulted from a kill by Nickless with the others being added due to St. Francis miscues. A Confer kill again stopped the CC run. Unfortunately, the Lady Indians missed their next serve, and another five-point CC run resulted moving the scoreboard to 3-14. This run was slowed by a kill by Hanna Bracelin. An ace by Taighe Weeter was answered by an aggressive kill by Nickless moving the score to 6-17. St. Francis then completed their only three-point run of the set getting a kill from Emileigh Dinkel, a kill from Lindsey Johnson (set Dinkel), and an attack error from Chase County. Dinkel would record two more kills and Bracelin one enroute to a 14-22 score. CC ended the set with a kill, a stuff, and an ace. St. Francis lost set one 14-25.

    St. Francis earned their first lead of the match, 2-0, on a stuff and kill by Lindsey Johnson. CC tied the set at 3-all with a kill. The Lady Indians then rolled to a 9-3 advantage tallying six straight points on three kills by Jessica Confer and receiving an ace serve by Karly Bandel before missing another serve. After leading 11-5, a series of errors by the Lady Indians and a double-stuff by CC moved the Lady Horns to the lead (11-12) and eventually triggered a SF time-out. After the time-out, the Lady Indians earned three consecutive points before the run ended with a CC kill. Kills by Lindsey Johnson and Confer highlighted the next SF three-point run and moved the score to 17-13. Chase County then took a time-out to regroup. Another powerful kill by Kickless followed. In the next few moments, the Lady Horns added an crushing over-pass kill by Owings and an ace by Madiaon Schuller (S0.) and took an 18-19 lead. The run was halted by a CC attack error, but only momentarily, as the Lady Horns reeled off the last six points of the match on consecutive volleys. St. Francis lost to Chase County 19-25 in set two.

    Dundy County - Stratton (DCS) was the second opponent for the varsity Lady Indians. The Lady Indians started the set one slowly giving up two kills, an ace, and three miscues to trail 2-6. A 5-point run by the Lady Tigers stretched the deficit to 3-11 before Jessica Confer recorded a free-ball kill to stop the run. DCS followed with a five-point run increasing the margin to 4-16. Three of the 10 points scored by DCS in the two runs came on two kills and one stuff. All the others were Lady Indian errors. A missed serve by the Lady Tigers stopped the second run, but DCS followed with four consecutive points to earn a 5-20 advantage. In the run, Adalene Krutsinger (Jr.) and Kelcie Burke (Sr.) each had strong kills. Taighe Weeter's back-row kill stopped the run and started a three-point Lady Indian run that included a nice double-block by Lindsey Johnson and Emileigh Dinkel. Another 3-point DCS run ending with an ace by Krutsinger moved the score to 8-23 before DCS missed another serve. The Lady Indians then earned eight consecutive points on a nice serving run by Karly Bandel which included two kills by Jessica Confer and a Bandel ace. St. Francis lost game one to DCS 16-25.

    Set two was much closer throughout. The set was tied at 2 on a deep-tip by Jessica Confer and at 3 on an aggressive over-pass kill by Hanna Bracelin. A hitting error by DCS gave the Lady Indians their first lead of the match at 4-3. St. Francis forged a 7-4 lead after receiving an over-set kill by Bracelin and a kill by Taighe Weeter. The Lady Indians then missed a service attempt, and soon the game became tied at 7-all on a strong kill by Krutsinger. Bracelin answered with a kill to tie, but then the Lady Tigers earned six consecutive points with all but one coming on SF miscues. The score now stood at 8-13. St. Francis narrowed the margin on two kills by Lauren Johnson and a stuff by Lindsey Johnson, but got no closer than 12-15. The next five-point DCS run increased the deficit to 12-20. Though they battled hard in the closing volleys, the Lady Indians lost game two 18-25.

    The only junior varsity match played during the evening was between St. Francis and Chase County. St. Francis easily out-distanced the Lady Longhorns in both sets. The Lady Indians jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the first set, scoring on eight straight serves by Karly Bandel before missing a serve. Bandel recorded 3 aces in the run. St. Francis led 12-4 after receiving a kill by Emma Johnson and an ace by Kattie Wurm. The next St. Francis explosion of 10 consecutive points began with a dump-set by Johnson and included another Johnson kill and three aces by Jessica Confer. St. Francis won game one 25-7.

    The second set found the Lady Indians leading 6-1 before a missed serve stopped the SF run. A kill by Lauren Johnson and a jump-serve ace by Jessica Confer increased the margin to 9-2. CC then scored four straight points moving the score to 9-6 before the CC run was stopped by a dump-set by Emma Johnson. It was the only run of three-or-more points the Lady Longhorns would earn in both sets. The Lady Indians cruised to a 25-16 win gathering two kills by Emma Johnson, two kills by Lauren Johnson, one kill by Hannah Zimbal, and aces from Lauren Johnson and Zimbal along the way.

    The Lady Indians will play Cheylin and Decatur Community on Tuesday, September 26, in St. Francis.

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    Lady Indians Move To 12-4

    The Lady Indian volleyball team picked up two more wins on Tuesday, September 19, moving their season record to 12-4. In matches played in Bethune, CO, the Lady Indians defeated Bethune 25-14, 25-15 and Weskan 25-9, 25-14.

    St. Francis opened the evening against the home-standing Lady Bobcats. Though Bethune played scrappy defense, their lack of a powerful offensive threat made easy work for the Lady Indians. Each Lady Indian suited received playing time in each set of the Bethune match. St. Francis completed six runs of three or more points in the first set while holding Bethune to only two. The Lady Indians jumped out to a 4-0 lead aided by two ace serves from Lauren Johnson. After an attack error, the Lady Indians earned three more consecutive points on an ace by Madison Tice, a Bethune attack error, and a swing-hit kill by Jessica Confer to lead 8-1. Bethune trimmed the lead to 9-4 before a four-point Lady Indian run including kills by Hanna Bracelin, Emileigh Dinkel, and Hannah Zimbal moved the scoreboard to 13-4. A series of St. Francis passing errors and a tip-kill by Bethune narrowed the margin to 14-9. The Lady Indians answered with kills by Dinkel and Lindsey Johnson and a deep-tip by Bracelin. The next SF three-point run moved the score to 21-12. The final Lady Indian run closed the set. The four-point run included two kills by Bracelin and an ace by Karly Bandel. St. Francis won set one 25-14.

    The second set of the match was similar. The Lady Bobcats jumped out to a 3-5 lead due to several SF miscues before the Lady Indians reeled off 7 straight points to lead 10-5. The run included three aces by Karly Bandel and kills from Jessica Confer and Hanna Bracelin. The outburst triggered a Bethune time-out. A series of errors by both teams followed. Leading 12-9, the next SF run of six points moved the score to 18-9 and included a strong kill by Emileigh Dinkel, a deep-tip by Hanna Bracelin, a kill by Lindsey Johnson (E. Dinkel set), an ace by Taighe Weeter, and two missed serves by Bethune. Bethune aided the Lady Indians with four missed serves in the set. The final St. Francis point was scored on a kill by Hannah Zimbal.

    The first set against Weskan contained three large runs by the Lady Indians as they cruised to a lop-sided win. St. Francis jumped out to a 7-1 lead scoring seven consecutive points including kills from Lindsey Johnson, Emileigh Dinkel, and Jessica Confer; a stuff-block by Lindsey Johnson; and an ace by Lauren Johnson. The run ended on a SF attack error. Then it was Weskan's turn. The Lady Coyotes closed the margin to 8-7 before the Lady Indians used a time-out to regroup. After the time-out, the Lady Indians rallied for eight straight points to lead 16-7. The run contained a stuff and two kills by Confer and an ace by Karly Bandel. A setting error stopped the run, and the single point allowed was followed by another SF run of eight more points. This run included two kills and two aces by Confer and an over-pass kill by Hanna Bracelin to move the score to  24-8. St. Francis won game one 25-9.

    In set two, St. Francis took a 2-0 lead on a deep-tip by Lauren Johnson, but after a series of errors by both teams the score became tied at 5-all on a missed serve by the Lady Indians. Weskan then forged a 5-8 lead on three more Lady Indian errors. St. Francis then scored six consecutive points to lead 11-8. The surge included a kill by Emileigh Dinkel and deep-tip and ace by Hanna Bracelin. The 5th missed serve by Weskan in the set gave the Lady Indians a 13-12 lead. The Lady Indians then won 12 of the next 14 volleys to seal a 25-14 win. Along the way Lauren Johnson served consecutive aces, Jessica Confer added two kills, Emileigh Dinkel added a kill, Lindsey Johnson recorded a stuff, and Hanna Bracelin scored on a deep-tip. St. Francis won game two 25-14.

    The Lady Indians will play Chase County and Dundy County - Stratton, in Imperial, on Thursday, September 21.

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    Jake Performs Well In First Two Races

    The cross country season is underway for St. Francis’ lone runner, Jake Faulkender. Faulkender's first race of the 2017 season was on a familiar course in Tribune on September 9th. There were 72 runners in the varsity boys race, and with a 19:19 clocking, Jake cruised to a 4th place finish.

    Hugoton was the destination for the Jake's second competition, a Saturday race held on September 16. In this race, Faulkender faced competition from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas in a field of 85 runners.  With the extra competition, Faulkender was pushed to a personal best time of 18:14 and finished 17th on a fast, flat course. Jake is coached by is mother, Amber Faulkender.


    There are only five races left this season, and your next time to catch Faulkender in competition will be September 23rd in Syracuse.

    Photos by Amber Faulkender.

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  • Junior High VB Teams Place Well

    On Saturday, September 16, the junior high volleyball teams competed in the 5-team Rawlins County Round Robin Tournament in Atwood. The tournament was competed in two divisions, and both the A and B teams placed well.

    St. Francis won the A team division winning all four matches played. In their opening match at 8:30 a.m., the Lady Indians lost the first set to a good Rawlins County team, but came back and won the next two sets 25-21, 15-11. The Lady Indians defeated Quinter 25-13, 25-13 in their second match of the day. Goodland was their opponent in match three, and the Lady Indians took the advantage early and quickly defeated the Lady Cowgirls 25-4, 25-6. In their final match of the day, the Lady Indians defeated Wallace County 25-19, 25-13. With four consecutive wins, the A team Lady Indians earned 1st place in the Rawlins County Round Robin Tournament.

    The B team Lady Indians lost one match during the competition and placed second in the tournament. The B team opened with a 25-16, 25-10 win over Goodland. In their second match of the tournament, the Lady Indians played Quinter and defeated them 25-9, 25-17. The B team's only loss came in match three where they lost to Rawlins County by a score of 17-25, 10-25. In their last match of the tournament, St. Francis defeated Wallace County 25-13, 25-17.

    The Lady Indians will play Rawlins County in Atwood on Thursday, September 21.


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  • Big Plays Open Up Game

    The Hill City Ringnecks played competitively against the St. Francis Indians on Friday evening, September 15, in Hill City. The Ringnecks entered the contest with a 1-1 record. In their first two games, Hill City (HC) lost to Spearville 48-0 and defeated Stockton 64-18. The Ringnecks moved the ball against the Indians and also made offensive yardage a bit difficult to earn, but several big plays by the Indians blew the game open in the second period, and the Indians rolled to another lop-sided win. St. Francis lead 14-4 after one quarter of play, but closed the contest by halftime 50-4.

    St. Francis received the opening kick-off from freshman kicker Jayce Hamel (5' 10" 170 lb.). Hamel's first kick rolled out-of-bounds near the 5-yard line, and the Ringnecks re-kicked after a 5-yard penalty. The successive kick-off was returned approximately 60 yards by Tate Busse for an Indian touchdown. Following good blocking, Busse was not touched on the return. Jordan Raby also ran untouched around the left end for the conversion points. The Indians had struck early, and led 8-0 with only 10 seconds gone on the game clock.

    Dalton Straub's kick-off was returned to the Hill City 22 where Wyatt Hackler made the stop. On first down, Ethan Hamel (5' 9" 150 lb. Sr.) ran the right side and was stopped for no gain. On second down, the Ringnecks attempted a play-action pass, but Luin Norris and Trayton Doyle sacked the HC quarterback for a loss. Unfortunately, the Indians were guilty of an inadvertent face-mask and were penalized 5 yards on the play. The replacement down found the Ringnecks attempting a pass to Garrett Handley (6' 2" 145 lb. Sr.). Good pressure by the Indian defense caused the pass to be incomplete. On third down, Hamel rounded the left end and picked up 10 yards before being forced out-of-bounds. The Ringnecks punted on 4th-and-1 from the HC 31. The punt bounced out-of-bounds at the St. Francis (SF) 8 yard line.

    Jordan Raby picked up three yards around the right end on first down and three more trying the opposite side on the next play. On 3rd-&-4, Raby earned a new series of downs running left to the SF 20. On the next play, quarterback Brady Dinkel completed a deep pass to Tate Busse on the right side side for the second Indian touchdown. The Indians were called for a procedure penalty on the conversion attempt, and the ball was placed at the 8 yard line. Dinkel's pass intended for Busse was incomplete on the conversion attempt. The Indians led 14-0 with 8:26 remaining in the first period.

    Freshman Brody McDowell (6' 0" 132 lb.) returned the Indians' kick-off to the SF 36. On 1st down, a deep pass attempt was well covered by Tate Busse and fell incomplete. On 2nd down, a pass to Dalton Stephen (6' 5" 175 lb Sr.) was completed in the left flat and earned 5 yards. Tayton Weeter made a nice stop on a middle screen on third down. Facing 4th-&-5, the Ringnecks earned big yardage with a pass to Stephen across the middle of the field. A tackle by Wyatt Hacker prevented even bigger yardage. The play took the Ringnecks to the St. Francis 18 yard line. Though it looked like the Indians might trample the Ringnecks early, the Ringnecks had other plans and were now threatening. On the next play, the Indian defense stepped up. Jordan Raby intercepted the Hill City pass on the right sideline at the 3 yard line. 

    Taking possession at the three yard line, the Indians needed to move the football to gain a bit of operating room. On first down, Stephen broke through the St. Francis line and tacked Brady Dinkel in the end zone for a safety. It was the first points scored by an Indian opponent this season. With 6:06 left in the first quarter, the Indians led 14-2.

    McDowell returned Straub's free-kick to the HC 35 yard line. Hamel ran the right side picking up 9 yards on first down. On second down, Trayton Doyle made the stop, and a procedure penalty backed the Ringnecks up 5 yards. On 2nd-&-6, the Ringnecks completed a pass on the left sideline, but the receiver was ruled out-of-bounds. A 3rd-down pass attempt was tipped by Luin Norris as he applied pressure to the HC quarterback. On 4th-&-6, HC punted out-of-bounds at the SF 1 yard line.

    Operating with their backs to the end zone, the Jordan Raby gained two yards on a quick-pitch to the right side. A pass to Tate Busse on the following play moved the ball to the SF 18 yard line. After a gain of three by Raby up the middle on first down, Brady Dinkel found Busse over the middle with a pass advancing the football to the the SF 35. Raby ran right and Dinkel left to pick up a new set of downs at the HC 34. St. Francis then took their first time-out. The next snap was inaccurate and mishandled, but was recovered by Dinkel for a 12 yard loss. An option right was stuffed for a 6-yard loss by the Ringnecks on the next play. HC's Alyzae Moreno (5' 7" 167 lb. Jr.) made a good read on the following play, a middle screen by the Indians, and made a tackle for another 6-yard loss. Facing 4th-& 34, the Indians punted. The punt was short and returned up the right sideline by Dalen Journigan (6' 0" 150 lb. So.) to the SF 8 yard line before he was forced out-of-bounds by Luin Norris. On 1st-&-goal, Jayce Hamel was stopped for a 4-yard loss by the Indians. After an incomplete pass on 2nd down, Hamel tried the right side and was tackled by Tayton Weeter at the 10. A fourth down pass intended for Journigan in the left flat fell incomplete. The Indians had stopped the Ringnecks.

    On 1st down, again deep in Hill City territory at the 10, the Indians took over. A bad snap on the opening play of the drive resulted in another safety for Hill City. With 11:06 on the second quarter clock, the advantage reduced to 14-4.

    Tayton Weeter's free-kick went out-of-bounds at the HC 5 yard line requiring a re-kick. McDowell returned the second kick to the SF 38 yard line. After a pass into Indian traffic over the middle fell incomplete, Hamel made a strong run up the middle gaining 5 yards before being tackled by Jordan Raby and Tate Busse. On 3rd down, a swing pass to Journigan on the left side netted a gain of two. On 4th-&-3, Hamel earned just enough for a measured 1st down around the right end. A slant pass to Handley earned another first down on the next play. The Ringnecks earned zero yards on the next two plays as the Indian's defense stiffened. On third down, a late-hit penalty on the Indians aided a swing pass gain and moved the ball to the SF 8. Luin Norris tackled Hamel for a one-yard loss on the next play. A pass in the left flat was caught by a Hill City receiver on the next play, but fumbled.

    Raby recovered for the Indians, ending a good Hill City drive, and returned the football 74 yards for a touchdown. The conversion run, a quick-pitch to Raby, was stopped short of the goal line. The Indians had changed the game's momentum and now led 20-4. The game clock showed 7:12 left in the second period.

    The SF kick-off sailed into the end zone. Hill City's first play from the 15 yard line was completed out-of-bounds due to good pressure from the Indians. Hamel was stopped for no gain on the next play. On 3rd down, a pass to Journigan was complete for good yardage, but was also ruled out-of-bounds. The Ringnecks punted.

    The Indians did not field the punt and set up on the SF 38 yard line. On first down, Jordan Raby rounded the left end and sprinted 42 yards for another Indian touchdown. Brady Dinkel's pass to Dalton Straub was good for the conversion points. The advantage now stood at 28-4 with 5:59 left in the first half.

    The next kick-off also found the end zone preventing a return. The Indian defense was now hungry. On first down, Hamel was forced to scramble and lost 8 yards. On the next play, Hamel tried the left side and was tackled by Trayton Doyle at the HC 3 yard line. On 3rd-&-23, a pass over the middle was well-defended by Cody Baxter. The Ringnecks punted from the end zone, but a holding penalty in the end zone, gave St. Francis a safety moving the score to 30-4 with 4:14 left in the first half.

    The Hill City free-kick was returned by Tate Busse 48 yards for another touchdown. With 4:03 on the clock, the conversion pass attempt was incomplete, but the Indians were on a roll leading 36-4.

    Tayton Weeter's kick found the end zone again. A pass to Jayce Hamel on the right side gained 7 yards on first down. On the next play, Hill City bobbled the snap, but completed a dump pass for a new set of downs at the HC 28. A pass to Handley gained four more before a tackle by Wyatt Hacker stopped the play. Hamel then ran right and was forced out-of-bounds setting up a 3rd-&-very short situation. A pass to the left side fell incomplete. On 4th-&-inches, the Indian defense stopped a run to the right and took possession of the football at the HC 34 with 2:41 on the clock. 

    Consecutive false start penalties on the Indians reduced field position by 10 yards. A run around left end by Raby netted 8 yards before a pass intended for Cody Baxter fell incomplete. A 3rd down slant pass to Wyatt Hackler gained 7 more. On 4th-&-5, Dinkel's pass to Jordan Raby resulted in another SF touchdown. The play covered 25 yards. The conversion was also good and moved the scoreboard to 44-4 with 1:27 left.

    Tayton Weeter's kick-off was muffed by the Ringnecks and traveled into the end zone. On first down, the Ringnecks fumbled again, and the ball was recovered by Weeter and Dalton Straub.

    Brady Dinkel made a strong run to the right and nearly scored on the first play of the series. On the next play, Jordan Raby dove into the end zone from 1 yard out to move the scoreboard to 50-4 with 38.4 seconds remaining. The conversion run by Dinkel was stopped short.

    Journigan returned Weeter's kick-off to the HC 31. Three plays later the clock expired. St. Francis had scored 36 points in the second period to defeat the Hill City Ringnecks 50-4.

    The Indians will play Decatur Community in Oberlin on Friday, September 22. Decatur Community enters the game with a 0-3 record losing to Cambridge, NE 62-32, Dighton 53-8, and Rawlins County 48-0.

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  • Community Input on Health Survey Requested

    The Cheyenne County Hospital has requested input on a health survey from the community. Below is information explaining the survey as shared by Shawna Blanka, Director of Quality/Risk Mgt./Public Relations/HIPAA Privacy/Security Officer for the Cheyenne County Hospital.
    St. Francis is part of 'Pathways to a Healthy Kansas' a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas initiative - so this survey will gather perceptions about opportunities for physical activity, healthy eating and tobacco cessation in our community.  We ask that you please participate in this survey to ensure our community has healthy options to choose from. The results will be available this fall. For more information please contact the Cheyenne County Health Department, 785-332-2381.
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